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Illiteracy and Truth 
24th-Apr-2005 08:57 am
Reading widely is not incompatible with being illiterate: unable to evaluate, digest and understand a text. For example, Andrew Sullivan demonstrates his inability to read and remains a columnist for a newspaper, which, presumably, he also reads. Nonetheless, looking at the original statement behind one of his allegations, it seems that he has missed an essential part of the process: the ability to read in sympathy with the text and learn from it.

His own articles are a torturing experience: the world he lives in is too small, and it's hard to remain in sympathy with them for long. My own brand of illlteracy.
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